JEFF SCOTT: The Next Big Thing

CLEMSON - It was a move that had been rumored for weeks, but on Wednesday Dabo Swinney announced wide receivers coach Jeff Scott would take over as recruiting coordinator at Clemson University.

Scott, who moved from a graduate assistant to Clemson's wide receivers coach the day Tommy Bowden resigned on Oct. 13, will now head Clemson's recruiting efforts going forward.

And by all accounts, he has some big shoes to fill.

"I'm ready," he said. "This is what gets me up in the morning. If you have aspirations of working up the coaching ladder and be a head coach one day, I knew being a recruiting coordinator is one of the steps along the way.

"I didn't think it would happen this early but I'm very pleased that Coach Swinney and Coach Napier had the faith and trust in me to do a good job. I'm looking forward to it."

Scott takes over for Billy Napier, who is now Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Napier was responsible for one of the top classes in school history in 2008, and is also considered one of the top young recruiters in the nation as well.

"I've been lucky that he's been right down the hall from me," Scott said. "Because I can just go down and ask him a question if I have one. It's been a pretty smooth transition."

Scott also have the luxury of a directing a coaching staff that already has some of the best recruiters in the ACC, including new coaches Kevin Steele, Charlie Harbison and Danny Pearman.

"The coaches we have brought in here, recruiting wise - we are going to be really really strong," he said. "It's tough splitting up the state of South Carolina when you have nine strong recruiters.

"Everybody wants a piece of the pie. It's not a situation where you have to hide somebody because all of our coaches can recruit."

Scott himself will also be heavily involved in Clemson's recruiting efforts and will be responsible for Spartanburg, Cherokee and York counties in South Carolina, as well as southeast Georgia and the Jacksonville area.

And with junior day at Clemson coming up on Feb. 21, the entire staff is already focused on the class of 2010.

"I'm excited about 2010," he said. "It looks like it's going to be a strong class in the state and in the area." Top Stories